SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey Buddhist Culture Center (1007 New Brunswick Avenue) held its annual Three Acts of Goodness Festival yesterday, attended by Mayor Matthew Anesh. The three acts are to remind everyone to: Do Good Deeds; Speak Good Words; and Think Good Thoughts. The fundraising event kicked off with the announcement that all funds raised during the festival would go to help with relief efforts in Nepal.
Mayor Anesh addressed the audience by first thanking NJBCC for being a part of the diverse community that is South Plainfield. He referenced the situation in Baltimore and stressed the importance for everyone to understand different cultures and make an effort – even reach across political aisle – to live together and enjoy each other.
Venerable Zhida soon led a short prayer and ended it by asking everyone to enjoy the various activities at the festival and to bring “happiness home.”
During this year’s festival, NJBCC also celebrated Asian Heritage Month with performances native to Japan, India, Taiwan and China. Rows of booths allowed attendees to try a variety of Chinese dishes, all vegetarian. There were even booths to learn how to tie a Chinese knot and make it into a bracelet and one to learn origami. Flowers of many types like orchids, stephonos, gardenia and others as well as jewelry was also found in other booths. The Three Acts of Goodness dolls were also onsite and posed for photos.